Here in Ikoma, we are having the annual JAPEC test for out kids classes. It is voluntary for all students, but a large number choose to take the test. The kids all love it, too. This year, however, I noticed that the level is substantially higher than last year. I helped them prepare based on the contents of the previous two years, and this year, the contents have changed, and they seem more difficult.
Notwithstanding, one of my parents said, don’t worry about it, he will keep trying until grade six. That student is now in grade two.
Some of you may be saying, “Les, you’ve sold out… just another test giver in a test society!” I disagree. I have found the students enjoy the test, much as any competition. It is a fairly practical test, focusing on listening and speaking. Finally, it has helped me grow as a teacher, and I have found new fun ways to help them prepare for the test throughout the year.
What do you think about testing?